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Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

Flurry of Coal Power Plant Shutdowns Expected by 2016

New emissions regulations and low natural gas prices, partly because of the fracking boom throughout the U.S., are putting pressure on utilities to shut down coal-fired power plants and open new ones that burn natural gas. With new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards limiting mercury, acid gases and toxic metals from coal-fired… Read More

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

With drought and water shortages affecting areas where much of America’s natural gas is produced, power plants making the switch to gas from coal could have other costs that may be made worse by manmade climate change in the future, especially if global warming, as studies show, means more intense drought.… Read More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

El Niño warnings, more wintery weather, the lowdown on white roofs & more in this week's top climate news.… Read More

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

The paper, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inventories underestimate methane emissions from natural gas production, but hydraulic fracturing — a process of fracturing underground rock to release natural gas into wells — is not likely the largest source of methane leaks. The study sa… Read More

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

Painting building roofs white could cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate. How much benefits white roofs could bring depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season, new research shows. Keeping cities cool in the summer is becoming increasingly important as more people move to urban ar… Read More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

A weekly slideshow showcasing six top climate stories from around the world. … Read More

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change became an official Winter Olympic issue in 1998 in the wake of the Nagano Games. The four subsequent host cities, including Sochi, have made strides to address climate change and reduce or offset their greenhouse gas emissions. However, the Games and the athletes that participate in them have been unwittingly preparing for climate ch… Read More